Selecting appropriate technologies

In this section, we answer the following questions regarding the technologies that we offer:

  • Which technologies are ready for implementation?
  • Does this technology measure what I need to measure?
  • What if I want to use a device or measurement that isn’t listed?

Which technologies are ready for implementation?

The following devices are currently or will soon be integrated with our health coaching platform:

  • Microsoft Band 2 – fitness and sleep wristband
  • Firstbeat Bodyguard 2 – heart rate variability device
  • Emfit QS – unobtrusive bed sensor for sleep monitoring with heart rate variability
  • Cognitive games – computer games with embedded analytics that can measure a variety of cognitive health indicators over time
  • Motion sensors – indicates presense, position, movement; measures speed
  • Contact switches – indicates when doors, windows, or drawers are open/closed
  • Sensored caddy – custom built caddy fitted with force sensitive resistors and a Raspberry Pi computer to detect pressure when an item is placed on the FSR
  • Android phones – application to be made available through app store

Does this technology measure what I need to measure?

Using the devices listed above, we can currently measure or infer the following:

  • Location
  • Accelerometry
  • Gait speed
  • Heart rate/HR variability
  • Electrodermal activity (EDA, aka GSR)
  • Sleep time

In bed only:

  • Respiration
  • Sleep cycles (awake, light, deep sleep)
  • Time to fall asleep
  • Sleep efficiency
  • Snoring
  • Bed exits

In the near future:

  • Weight
  • Body fat percentage
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood oxygen
  • Tooth brushing

What if I want to use a device or measurement that isn’t listed?

Adding a new device will require supporting our software developers to integrate the new technology into the existing system. A consultation with the Technology and Analysis Core is recommended.